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I'm in anticipatory slo-mo-speed-freak mode. It always happens right before a big trip. It's all ohmigodwehavesomuchtodo and not enough time and how are we going to get everything we need to get done done before we leave and at the same time it feels as if t i m e s l o w s d o w n and our departure date will N E V E R A R R I V E. Or maybe it's just me.

My friend, whom I was going to have lunch with on Monday, changed our lunch date successively to Tuesday, then Wednesday, then Thursday (today) and then called me this morning to cancel. She's sick. With an ear infection. Strangely enough, instead of getting upset, it's just making me laugh.

Tomorrow we are dropping the Volvo off for yet another service visit...this time it's apparently the computer that isn't telling the engine when to shift correctly, and causing the car to groan and shudder when braking. Then we will be in Malmö at 10:45 a.m. for a funeral. This will be my 2nd time at a funeral in Sweden, although I expect this one to be a little less emotional since the deceased was the nearly 80-year-old and very sick girlfriend of Anders' uncle. I only met her a couple of time when we first moved here, but was very captivated by her. She has had debilitating arthritis and other physical problems that have conquered her completely over the last few years, leaving her blind and all but a vegetable, so her death must have been a relief in some ways for all concerned. A sad way to go, though. Anders says when she was young she was a beauty and extremely charismatic.

Tomorrow night Emily & Martin are coming over for dinner. Emily has all but promised to bring homemade vegetable sushi with her, so if it doesn't materialize I'm going to be VERY disappointed as I probably won't have much chance to eat sushi while in the States since my mom lives in the boonies.

We have to be at the airport at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, which means, since we're taking the train from Malmö, that we have to get up at approximately 5 a.m. I am SO not looking forward to more than 24 hours of travel. I bought several puzzle/play/coloring books for the kids, plus push-up crayons and a travel game, hopefully those will help. Any other ideas for entertaining 2 children during approximately E L E V E N H O U R S of flight time are much appreciated.

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I was always the talking book for my kids. At your kids' ages, we read the REAL version of Peter Pan. I like to find classics because they are very long and very detailed. I don't know whether your kids would sit still for that, but mine ate it up with a spoon. Also we played cards on the floors of the airports, whenever we had to wait a long time. Are you driving to Oregon? Grant's Pass? My first lover came from there. His name is Roger Shaw. He'd be my age, like pushing 60. I heard he moved back there and was writing corporate annual reports. He went to Princeton when I knew him. Is it a big city? I always got the impression that it was a small town.

Karin won't sit still unless there are lots of pictures, but she'll listen to music. Martin is no problem, usually. I'll have cards with me and a few books :)

I'm flying to Oregon (via Phoenix *rolls eyes*) It's apparently a VERY small town. I've never been there before, just to Eugene and through Portland.

Well, if you meet anybody named "Roger," be sure to ask him his last name!

Pictures....How about Where's Waldo? And then there's always Creepy, Crawly, Slimy Things, or any of the natural history or nature books that are full of information AND pictures. The French have a wonderful history series with gobs of pictures and there's also the series Age of Explorers, Age of this and that, that teaches history with lots of pictures. You just need for it to be long enough.

We carried a backgammon set, too. There are those little 10-games-in-one sets with magnetic boards. You can play chess--at their age, you can teach them the various chess moves. Who cares if anyone actually schemes or thinks three or thirty moves ahead? There's checkers in that set, too. But backgammon is good for HOURS.

For some reason, I'm not a big backgammon fan, probably because I've only played a few times in my life...even though I DID win most of them :) heh. However, I wonder if they're too young for cribbage?! hee hee Chess is a definite good idea, Martin's already interested in it.

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